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File #: Ord 19-27    Version: 1 Name: Amending zoning code to allow sandwich board signs
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 4/24/2019
Title: Amending Chapter 64 of the Legislative Code pertaining to zoning to allow businesses and institutions to place sandwich board signs on public sidewalks and boulevards in certain zoning districts.
Sponsors: Rebecca Noecker, Amy Brendmoen
Attachments: 1. Online comment re Ord 19-27, 2. Planning Commission Study Memo on Sidewalk Signs, 3. PCResolution 19-24 04-19-19 Sidewalk Sign Code Amendments
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Amending Chapter 64 of the Legislative Code pertaining to zoning to allow businesses and institutions to place sandwich board signs on public sidewalks and boulevards in certain zoning districts.

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WHEREAS, Legislative Code §§ 64.502(b)(4), 64.503(c), 64.504(c), 64.505(c), and 64.506(c) correspondingly permit portable signs in the following zoning districts within the City: residential, traditional neighborhood, business, and industrial; and

WHEREAS, businesses and institutions within these zoning districts indicated a desire to place so-called “sandwich” board signs on public sidewalks and boulevards in order to direct people to a business or institution; and

WHEREAS, while the City Council (“Council”) supported this desire, placing signs in the public right-of-way, which is deemed to include public sidewalks and boulevards, is prohibited under Leg. Code § 64.401(i); and

WHEREAS, the Council, by resolution and pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 462.357, Subd.4, therefore requested the planning commission (“commission”) to study potential amendments to the zoning code to allow placement of sandwich board signs on public sidewalks and boulevards and to obtain from the commission a report and recommendation for potential amendments to the zoning code based upon the said study; and

WHEREAS, the planning commission subsequently studied the matter, prepared a report containing an analysis and recommendations regarding the Council’s request and delivered the same to the Council; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Minn. Stat. 462.357, Subd.3, the Council duly conducted a public hearing on the commission’s said report and recommendations where all persons interested were afforded an opportunity to be heard; and

WHEREAS, based upon the report of the commission, a copy of which is included herein by reference, and all the records and testimony received at the public hearing, all of which together shall constitute the record of the Council’s rationale to amend t...

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Date NameDistrictOpinionCommentAction
3/29/2019 5:24 PMAnne Thom Against I submitted a comment and your software is flagging the word scooter/scooters. -1
3/29/2019 5:19 PMAnne Thom   Please, no more stuff on the sidewalks to make it difficult and dangerous for pedestrians. The city now lets bicyclists and scooter riders here to nearly flatten those of us who choose to go around town on foot. These sandwich boards take up space that is really meant for pedestrian traffic. I can find no data to show sandwich boards increase revenues as an effective marketing tool. Commercial properties have windows to place signs in to entice customers into the business.They can choose to use that or some other advertising mechanism. My choice as a pedestrian is to jump over a sign, halt my walk in waiting for other traffic to p*** and go around, walk in the street or on the boulevard, or otherwise have to get out of the way. Sidewalks are constructed with my tax money in order for me to navigate this city. Businesses have other, more effective means to advertise. Don't remove pedestrian space. We are already weary of the bikes, scooters and double-wide strollers running into us. +1 -1